(Gandla'kin) is one of the more popular destinations in the Queen
Charlotte Islands. Hotspring Island is located off the east coast
of Moresby Island in the kayaking playground of Gwaii Haanas National
Park, and is accessible only by kayak, boat or floatplane. Nothing
is more idyllic than relaxing in a hot spring or hot pool on Hotspring
Island and watching a pod of orcas swim past. There are at least
a dozen springs and seeps on Hotspring Island, with three spring-fed
natural hot tubs carved into volcanic rock.
Island, Queen Charlotte Islands
Photo: Parks Canada
Following the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that
rocked Haida Gwaii on Saturday October 27, 2012, the three hotspring
pools commonly accessed by visitors to Hot Spring Island, or Gandll
K'in Gwaayaay, are now cold and empty. The shifting tectonic plates
and reorganization of stress has evidently affected the pathways
the water took to the surface.
A popular and
adventurous way to visit Hotsprings Island is to embark on multi-day
paddling adventure that uses a comfortable mothership to launch
daily kayaking explorations into the peaceful wilderness wonder
of Gwaii Haanas. These ecotours allow visitors to experience spectacular
natural ecosystems, unique Haida culture, ancient Haida village
sites, and awesome wilderness kayaking. To complete your rejuvenation,
you get to nourish the body, mind and spirit in the natural hot
springs on Hotspring Island.
National Park is administered jointly by Parks Canada and the Haida
Nation, and Hotspring Island is one of five areas in the park supervised
by Haida watchmen. Camping is not permitted on Hotspring Island,
and the island is closed to pets. When you are all soaked out, and
ready to face life in paradise again, spend some time exploring
the beach and enjoy the vista of Juan Perez Sound and the San Christoval
The Queen Charlotte
Islands, wild and beautiful, embody everything that is ancient and
mystical about the West Coast. Impossible not to marvel at, and
revel in, these are the Queen Charlotte Islands, arguably one of
the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world. The Charlottes
are about 60 miles (100 km) off the mainland, and are made up of
about 150 islands.
Hotsprings Island is located in Gwaii Haanas
National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site on Moresby Island
in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Access to Gwaii Haanas is by helicopter
or floatplane from Moresby Camp or Alliford Bay on Moresby Island.
The closest road access to the park is at Moresby Camp, from where
visitors can reach the park by boat or kayak. The nearest boundary
of the park is 30 miles (50 km) from Moresby Camp.
Parks Canada - British Columbia
23433 Mavis Avenue
Fort Langley, BC